May 4, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski (84) brings the puck around the front of the net with Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) in goal during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Grabovski a Go?

Multiple sources have come out today saying that Mikhail Grabovski will be signing with the Washington Capitals. If we can trust a Belarusian television station than Grabo should be a Capital by the end of the day, for one-year $3 million(?).

If this is the case, not bad. A one-year contract certainly gives the Caps organization a lot of options, considering they are expecting top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov to make the transition to the NHL for the beginning of the 2014 season. I’m not positive that it’s a sure thing, so if Kuznetsov doesn’t come over for whatever reason, giving Grabovski another contract after this year, assuming it’s in both party’s interests, is a solid plan B.

Earlier this summer I initially was thinking that the Caps could afford to pass on Grabovski, given their coming prospects. The thought was also largely predicated on my belief that teams were going to get into a bidding war for the former Toronto Maple Leaf center. That clearly, if these latest reports are true, isn’t the case.

A lot of pundits have been quick to try to bury the Capitals as a result of the team’s recent identity crisis and its move to a much stronger division. While I don’t think they’ll compete for the Metropolitan division title, it’s always been my belief that the team would likely battle for a playoff spot in the five-eight seed range.

If Grabovski signs with the Caps, first of all, and he secondly, plays well this coming season, I think he can definitely boost the Caps into a bonafide playoff team.

Don’t let me down, Belarusian TV.

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